8433131329_f45b7a1709_kWinona State University will host “Rocks from Space! NASA Samples from the Moon and Asteroids” with WSU professor Jennifer Anderson at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in Stark Auditorium 103 as part of the Earth Talks Speakers Series.

Anderson will discuss NASA’s Apollo missions and the rocks the astronauts brought back that changed our understanding of the moon’s origin and geological history. There will be lunar rock samples from the NASA Astromaterials Curation Office.

Anderson is a geoscience professor and geoscience education specialist at WSU. She is a planetary geologist specializing in experimental studies of the impacting cratering process. Anderson earned her bachelor’s degrees in geophysics, astrophysics, and physics at the University of Minnesota and went to Brown University in Providence, R.I., for her Master’s and Ph.D. in geological sciences.

Earth Talks Speaker Series is hosted each semester by the Geoscience Department. The series serves as a forum through which experts from academia, government and the private sector, as well as WSU students and faculty, share their experiences and research results with the WSU geoscience community. The series also provides a venue for discussions of professional, educational, and employment issues related to geology, natural resources, Earth science teaching, and other related disciplines.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Stephen Allard at SAllard@winona.edu.